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WHAT IS A FIRE DISTRICT?


header truckFire District 1 is a special service district organized to provide fire and emergency medical services to the citizens within its boundaries. Unlike a fire department, which is typically part of a city or county government, a fire district operates independently, under the direction of a locally elected board of fire commissioners.

The Board of Commissioners is responsible for defining the long-term vision for the fire district, adopting a budget, setting policies for administration to implement and hiring the fire chief, who acts as the organization's chief executive officer.

Fire districts offer distinct service advantages as regional providers of fire and emergency medical services. Unlike cities, which must divide their energies and funds among several departments and activities, fire districts are solely focused on providing the best emergency services in a cost-effective manner.

Fire District 1 has been a leader in fire service regionalization for almost 20 years. In addition to serving our FD1 residents, we’re proud to serve as the “fire department” for three partner cities – Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. Consolidations with the Mountlake Terrace Fire Department in 2005 and the Edmonds Fire Department in 2010 have made Fire District 1 the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in the county.